I need a bowling ball? Nah… these are human sized, and similarly shaped… and currently sitting in a bath of liquid silver polish - that will take the rest of the reduction off… this turq. glass silvers up if given too much heat… and it does come off - if it were consistent that’s one thing… but - patchy - me no likey.
First. Remember Charlie? We’ve not talked about him for awhile… I took him off of kibble and started giving him real food. Raw chicken, spinach, peas, carrots, brown rice, raw egg, vitamin supplements… some days he gets quinoa instead of rice, or broccoli instead of carrots… every meal is exciting for him, and he cleans his bowl. Charlie’s energy level has changed and he has lost about 10lbs. He IS fluffy… and looks larger than he actually is… but in the past month he has slimmed down. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, eh??
I’m in a timeframe where I’m rethinking certain beady issues - so I’m taking a break from writing about the glass in my life. I wanted to tell you about some trees I’ve been watching for about 4 years. I drive by these every so often - and have kept a rather timeline on their different moods. Funny how things have moods… I often talk about how much fun it is to photograph the beads - and how they develop photographic personalities. … that makes me smile.
Visited this golden eyed beauty at the Animal Shelter a few weeks back… isn’t he a beauty???
just some of my favorite pictures… there are a ton more…actually 12 thousand of them on my phone… LOL… love it. There is an update tonight - in just about 5 minutes - so - after you read this - go swing my and have a look/see. Thanks for stopping by!! smiles, Jill
Can you say HOT HOT HOT?
I can empathize with the cold temperatures… know that in TX we get cold too - after being treated to 86 degrees last week (for a day), the temps dropped to the low 30s. This is the norm for Feb/March - it found me hunkered over my torch and backed up to my kiln… with a ceramic heater blowing on my feet. Brrrr.
But out of that came these beauties. It’s such a timely design jump - as the graffiti park has been closed. I KNOW I wrote about it recently - it just is a very cool place & such a shame it was closed down.
These beauties are up for grabs tonight on my website update!! Come by and have a look! smiles, Jill
Wouldn’t it be fun to wear beads that represented the area of the country you live in?
I’ve been playing around with an idea and ended up here… this too will evolve - but wanted to give you a heads up… and see what you thought!?
I blink and lose a month. While the rest of the nation is in what seems to be a deep freeze, Texas is holding its own… granted it’s not sweltering here (today)… it has been chillier than the norm.
Makes one glad to have a torch or two to cozy up to. Big cheesy grin. I had a small bump on the creative front this week - happily so. Now, to see what else I can make with it.
Come see the update tonight - lots of interesting new items!! smiles, Jill
I bought these shards online - and am still trying to figure out what they will do… but - So far - am loving the look!!
I’ve been admiring the way the glass has striations and layers of color… I had no idea that the moon would copy!! Goes to show you that you should always be on the move - with new ideas and things - because there’s always someone/something out there looking to take your ideas.
I had to laugh - as even the Jetstream trails that showed up early in the evening reminded me of the JETSTREAM silver trails I’ve been using in my bead series for years! All kidding aside, it was an awesome sight and made me feel quite big in our awesome universe… as the Earth could project a shadow on the moon that would totally cover it! I hope you had an opportunity to see the eclipse - word on the street is that the next eclipse will be in 2021. Probably nowhere near as awesome (great viewing conditions) as this one was!
Update tonight at 9pm EST. Right here on this website! smiles, Jill
If I didn’t love what I do so much… I’d be in big trouble. But after a few decades you figure things out… just how much time it takes to do certain things… or how many degrees you need to rotate an item in PhotoShop to make it sit nicely on the website page… it all becomes rather automatic.
Creativity, though, flows at its own rate. I am in that stage now where I’m waiting to see where my muse leads me next… and it can get a bit frustrating. I try new things at the torch, only to find the next day - as I’m emptying the kiln that it didn’t turn out as I had hoped. What I CAN tell you though is that I have often said I’m glad my friends are friends with my friends… and it goes for beads as well. All of them are made with glass I have on hand - and denim blue today matches denim blue from last month…
I am always able to round out a page with what I have here on hand… and often I find inspiration as I rifle through the sets. I have come to realize that I make way more finished pieces than I make bead sets these days. How do you feel about that - anyone really missing the sets?? Like a car out of alignment - I veer into the earring making lane all too often… and am quite content to cruise there. Nudge me if you need to!
While I’ve got the bead time all figured out, I do often wonder as to where personal the time goes.
This little cupcake turns one tomorrow… I am so grateful for the internet and the way I can get instant updates with the press of a button… I feel like I’ve watched her learn to walk, figure out food, try to whistle… and just enjoy the awesomeness of the world around her - thanks to the iPhone & her parents! Please let the world slow down a little bit though - as this year just zoomed by… and I’d like to relish things small and innocent just a while longer.
smiles & Happy Birthday wishes - Jill
This holiday season took us to far off places… all via Glassdaddy’s new electric vehicle. Can you imagine driving half way across the country and back for under $70? Funny though - how you drive with the idea that you don’t deplete the battery beyond 30% and don’t charge more than 80%… all the while managing to hit charging stations that will do the work quickly… it was truly an endeavor. I did find myself looking longingly at the real gas stations a time or two!!
At the end of the trek - we found ourselves at the home of my granddaughter, Merritt… such a pistol at not even one year old! She is walking, talking and has a cute sense of humor. We celebrated her conquering small feats, and enjoyed the wonder at which she approached most everything. It makes one re-examine how we can let things become mundane…
What I’m loving about this picture is that while she was interacting with my mother - her gaze was distracted by the clear glass of the balls on her necklace. Imagine that if I can grab and hold the attention of this little one, I must be doings something right. I’m lucky in that my mother, Tula, is one of my biggest fans and I know I can always make her one of my creations and it will get worn!
The idea of glass and its beauty is celebrated - IMHO - by the removal of the bead hole… I know, you’re tired of hearing this… but it’s so true! Glass becomes the center of attention and reflection. I had taken about 2 weeks off from torching - and can attest to the truth from an old friend - as she used to say - she gets ‘TWITCHY” if she goes too long without torching - I’m definitely feeling it! I designed pieces in my mind on the drive and can’t wait to put it down in glass.
So - Christmas with an almost one year old. So very SWEET. It was truly the year of the box/paper… and Christmas was magical once more. I hope you found the magic as well! smiles, Jill
Last week, I approached an Austin Gallery - Artworks on West 6th Street - about putting some of my work in their gallery - they chose a nice variety and I’m very pleased - as it looks amazing in their showroom! Stop by and see it if you’re in the area - maybe after you’ve scooped up my work - you’ll snag some art for your walls!!
Over the past year - I’ve been working up to this - and also - to a level of work that doesn’t scream craft. It’s all about a more deliberate pace - slower and more careful… to get there. The earrings shown above have a mirror finish on the black - top hole will acomodate the loop turnbed sideways - while the bottom better fits it - rotated 90 degrees… the Jetstream dangle bead has only one hole… so when you wear the earrings - you don’t have to see the ‘hardware’ at the bottom of the bead. These blue beads are just so awesome… the silvered glass is singing beautifully underneath the silver wire that’s wrapped around it… then I’ve carefully laid a layer of clear on top of the wire/silvered glass. This holds the wire onto the bead (eliminates the need for polishing the bead) and protects the silvered glass’ finish.
Very pretty. I’m thrilled.
I’ve been making beads for over twenty years… that being said, I make a LOT of beads. But, yesterday this was all that I made. This handful was the results of 6 hours at the torch… crazy, huh? While the idea of a square shaped rectangular bead with a hole in the very middle… can be appealing - let me remind you - glass, through gravity and surface tension wants to always be round… the idea of square + rectangular is crazy, huh?
I had a friend suggest that she could see these used this way…. I have to agree, they’re quite wonderful!! Lots of sparkle and independent movement… very wearer friendly earrings!
I’ve been making many finished pieces lately - but as usual, have found that it sells better in person… IF YOU are looking for a special gift for the holidays - send me a note - and I’ll try to fit the bill!!
So - I had a longtime customer, Barbara Muth, (turned friend - as luckily many of them do!) come visit me on Thursday. We were looking through beads of course and she remarked that she would wear what I considered a pendant as an earring… NAH??? really??? I popped an ear wire on and boom - she put it on and it LOOKED FABULOUS!
So - this week, I made it my work to make more!! If one pair is good, then more is “more better”.
She asked me to make her a pair in this color combo… and I have to admit that they’re pretty stunning!!!
then those led to these above…. and these below…
So if bigger is better - keep posted. Maybe I’ll have my stuff together by next week!! Smiles, Jill
Earlier today I was thinking about how often I wear a very simple necklace - it’s my ‘go to’ necklace. So, if it’s good enough for me… I should make more!
While I’ve always liked the simplicity of these beads on a cord… the idea that the design is always in flux appeals to me so much! The sliding-knot closure, and repositionable beads allow this piece to adjust to different necklines and perhaps different moods. The fact that there is no metal to tarnish, it can be ‘thrown” into the dishwasher for a quick cord clean-up, and that there isn’t a clasp that continually needs to be moved to the back makes this necklace even more of a joy. : )
This week, I also found myself working on a more complicated piece that left me feeling I’d spent way too much time… and hence possibly overdone the design… two totally different looks, I know. Must remember customer base is varied as well!! smiles, Jill